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A 75-year Triumph (Book Review)
May 21, 2013 – 11:23 am | 11 Comments
Triumphs of Experience

Many of the major findings from this book about healthy and unhealthy male development and adaptation to life will likely astound you. Here are 10 findings to whet your appetite for more.

Enclothed Cognition: Put On Your Power!
May 21, 2012 – 10:38 am | 8 Comments

What are you wearing right now? How does it make you feel? Does what you wear affect your behavior?
Researchers at Northwestern University have found that the clothing we wear affects our …

Reduce Pain: Swear More
November 7, 2011 – 11:51 am | 7 Comments

How many of you were raised by parents who supported the social convention that you should not use profanities? My East Coast, Emily Post-abiding parents certainly laid down the law that ladies and gentlemen …

The Negativity and Closeness Effect: Understanding Friendship Formation
April 14, 2011 – 10:50 am | 8 Comments
The Negativity and Closeness Effect: Understanding Friendship Formation

Have you ever forged a friendship with somebody through shared antipathy? Researchers Weaver and Bosson, at the University of South Florida, recently discovered that when two strangers each possess a shared, strongly held negative attitude about a third party, this predicted an increase in liking and feelings of closeness with each other.

This is Your Brain on Habits
February 1, 2011 – 11:17 am | 7 Comments
This is Your Brain on Habits

How many of you admit to having at least one bad habit? If you’re honest with yourself, then you nodded your head. Pick your head up, because habits are learned. Therefore, you can unlearn bad habits and learn new, positive habits to replace them. How? Let’s explore the brain’s mechanisms that underlie habit formation and what it takes to form new habits.

Resolving New Year’s Resolutions
January 7, 2011 – 10:35 am | No Comment
Resolving New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! How are those New Year’s Resolutions coming along? I know it has only been a handful of days, but today is ~ a good day ~ to check-in and assess how your goals are progressing or regressing and to think about ways that goal-setting theory can keep you on track.

Ready, Set, Goals!
January 3, 2011 – 1:37 pm | 14 Comments
Ready, Set, Goals!

Celebrating the new year in the past week, I have found myself engaged in (or eavesdropping on, admittedly) conversations about New Year’s Resolutions and the goals people were considering. This got me thinking about my own experiences with goal achievement and goal-setting theory.

Emily vanSonnenberg’s Bio
January 1, 2007 – 12:12 pm | 3 Comments
Emily vanSonnenberg’s Bio

Emily vanSonnenberg, MAPP 2010 designed and teaches the 4-unit UCLA Extension course, Happiness: Theory, Research, and Application in Positive Psychology. She has been a researcher for the the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center, …

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